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Third legal strike and Herd RB is out

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Unfortunately for Kevin Grooms, in college sports, as in baseball, very, very rarely are you given a fourth strike.

Over the weekend, Marshall announced that the running back had been dismissed from the football program. The separation came a few hours after Grooms was arrested on a felony burglary charge as well as misdemeanors of domestic assault, petit larceny and fleeing on foot.

The arrest was Grooms’ third in a little over 15 months. In late April of last year, the back was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and obstruction. Seven months later, he was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested and charged with domestic battery and obstruction.

Head coach Doc Holliday reinstated Grooms before the start of spring practice, with the player exiting the 15 sessions as the clear starter at the position.

Grooms was a talented player who could never quite get his head out of his nether regions, though.

After redshirting as a true freshman — he was a three-star member of the Herd’s 2011 recruiting class coming out of high school in Hollywood, Fla. — Grooms led Marshall in 2012 with 737 yards rushing and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He was named Conference USA’s Freshman of the Year following that season.

Despite not playing the in the last three games last season due to a combination of injuries and his suspension, Grooms finished third on the team with 503 yards rushing and six rushing touchdowns.

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3 Responses to “Third legal strike and Herd RB is out”
  1. friarjack61 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:09 AM

    Another ‘Student Athlete’. not given his chance for a degree, and a future in the pros, JUST because he is a common criminal, and lacks any sign of character, found outside his gang filled ghetto ?

    Good recruiting job ! Is anyone in the AD, proud of their effort, of checking into this guys background, before bringing him onto the campus ?

  2. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 30, 2014 8:13 AM

    Auburn will be calling this guy…or another SEC team.

  3. bravesaintstuart says: Jul 30, 2014 10:15 AM


    Everybody takes chances on players. I’d say that if you asked the Athletic Department if they were proud of their effort with this kid, they’d say “Yes! If only he’d taken advantage of the opportunities he was given!”

    This stuff happens in every program, too, and Doc Holliday did a good job of pulling the plug when he had to. His first offense wasn’t anything really to dismiss him over. College kids drink. He probably should’ve been gone after arrest #2, but I’m okay with a bit of mercy. #3? The kid obviously doesn’t get it, and it’s not worth our time anymore. Time for him to go.

    We’ll miss him on the field… sort of…

    We’re pretty stacked at the RB position.

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